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BENUE LAWMAKER THREATENS TO GROUND PLENARY IF HOUSE LEADERSHIP PREVENT DEBATE ON TWITTER BAN

Mark Gbillah who represents Gwer East/Gwer West Federal Constituency of Benue (PDP), in the House of Representatives, has said he will halt Tuesday’s legislative proceeding if attempt is made by the leadership of the House to stop members from debating the ‘illegal Twitter ban.’

Gbillah said, “I will speak for myself, we will have to ensure that the proceedings of the House for that day are jettisoned if that kind of attempt is brought up again, either by the Speaker or the Deputy Speaker.

“If our privilege is breached, which is enshrined in our laws, we will no longer lay low. If that is done, we will have to interrupt the proceedings of the House for the whole world to see that our hallowed chamber has become a partisan chamber, instead of the representative assembly that Nigerians expect.

“These are the actions I am willing to take, I am imploring my colleagues to tow the same line. The opposition will have to take a stand to ensure that the proceedings of the House do not go on if this issue is not tackled.

“Staging a walkout, in my own opinion, is not enough. We have had a situation where hoodlums, led by the now Deputy President came and removed the mace in the upper legislative chamber. Yet there is no consequence for this erosion of our democratic institution. It is time to rise to our responsibilities as those who represent the people.

“The President has failed to make comments on killer herdsmen, aside from periodic statements by Garba Shehu, where he goes about insulting people, including my Governor, Samuel Ortom. I am not sure that Mr President has made any comment about 100 people killed along the Benue/Ebonyi border.”

“I want to ask him, prosecution under what law. He should tell Nigerians under what law they will be prosecuted. To be prosecuted by fiat of the executive. An unconstitutional fiat. This is how the Attorney General keeps displaying questionable conduct as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

“He should show us what law he is banking on to prosecute Nigerians who are within their rights. The President is not being advised properly by the Attorney General,” he said.

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